KLRU Celebrates Black History Month 2016

KLRU celebrates black history month

KLRU broadcasts programming created by and about people from all cultures year-round, from public affairs to history to independent film to kids programming. In celebration of Black History Month, KLRU and KLRU Q will broadcast a lineup of programs and host events honoring and exploring African American culture.

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch. Get more details

KLRU will be taping another series of Blackademics on February 9th & 10th. Find out how to attend the tapings now.

KLRU will also have preview screenings of Ken Burns’ new documentary on Jackie Robinson in February and early March. More details coming soon. Learn more about the film

 

Here’s what’s on KLRU
Independent Lens A Ballerina’s Tale
Monday, February 8 at 9 pm
Few dancers make it to the highest levels of classical ballet; of that already small number only a fraction of them are black women. Misty Copeland pulled herself up the ladder at American Ballet Theater from studio company to principal dancer, becoming arguably the biggest star in dance today.

The Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
Monday, February 8 at 10 pm
In 1933, Florence B. Price made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony in E minor at the 1933 World’s Fair. This is the inspiring story of a gifted woman’s triumph over prejudice and preconceptions.

American Masters B.B. King
Friday, February 12 at 8 pm
American Masters premieres a biography about blues legend, the late B. B King.premieres a biography about blues legend, the late B. B King.

Independent Lens The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights  
Monday, February 15 at 9 pm.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. was one of the most celebrated—and controversial—leaders of the civil rights era. This film follows his journey from segregated Kentucky to head of the National Urban League. Unique among black leaders, he took the fight directly to the powerful white elite, gaining allies in business and government including three presidents.

Vel Phillips: Dream Big Dreams
Monday, February 15 at 10 pm
Discover how Vel Phillips, Milwaukee’s first African American and first female alderman, rose to prominence as one of Wisconsin’s great civil rights activists boasting a list of “firsts” as part of her legacy. These include the first African American judge in Wisconsin and the first woman in the nation to hold executive office in state government.

Finding Your Roots Family Reunions
Tuesday, February 16 at 7 pm
The new season continues with the premiere of episode seven. Uncover family mysteries about two legends of hip hop, Sean Combs and LL Cool J, through the use of DNA technology that reveals information that shakes their very foundations.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution on Independent Lens
Tuesday, February 16 at 8 pm
Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race
Tuesday, February 16 at 10 pm
Thirty-five years before the election of President Barack Obama, the question of race and the possibility of bridging racial barriers were put to the test in an overlooked story in American politics: Tom Bradley’s 1973 election as Mayor of Los Angeles: the first African American mayor of a major U.S. city with an overwhelmingly white majority. This documentary tells the story of how Bradley’s coalition of African Americans, Jews, white liberals, Latinos and Asian Americans united a divided city, brought inclusion and access, and set the foundation for inter-racial coalitions that encouraged the elections of minority candidates nationwide.

Smitsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House
Friday, February 26 at 8 pm
Hear interpretations of the music of Ray Charles, using his own big-band musical arrangements, by renowned as well as up-and-coming artists. The performance, a White House partnership with the Smithsonian, airs from the East Room.

Fats Domino: American Masters
Friday, February 26 at 9 pm
Discover how Fats Domino’s brand of New Orleans rhythm and blues became rock ‘n’ roll. As popular in the 1950s as Elvis Presley, Domino suffered degradations in the pre-civil rights South and aided integration through his influential music.

Independent Lens Wilhemina’s War
Monday, February 29 at 9 pm
A Southern grandmother struggles to help her family through a life marked by HIV, but may be unable to save those she loves. AIDS is a grim reality and a leading cause of death for black women in the rural south. 

 

Here’s what’s on KLRUQ

Evening with Sheila Johnson
Saturday, Feb. 6 at 5:30 pm
In an interview with PBS NewsHour journalist, Gwen Ifill, Sheila Johnson discusses her journey from a music student to the co-founder of BET as well as her other successes as a businesswoman.

Black Kung Fu Experience
Saturday, Feb. 6, 10:05 pm & Sunday Feb.7 , 5:55 pm
The African-American pioneers of kungfu and their role in film resonated with African-American communities. Because of these four men, kungfu played an important role in the black experience.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: The Definitive Performances
Saturday, Feb. 6, 11:05 pm
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: The Definitive Performances presents three decades worth of classic archival television appearances by one of the most successful singing groups of all-time. It features interviews and Robinson and the original Miracles who give insight on their songs, Motown and the group’s history.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
Sunday, Feb. 7, 6:55 pm
As the son of former slaves, Jack Johnson created a better life for himself as a heavyweight boxer in a Jim Crow America.

One Night In March
Sunday, Feb. 7, 10:34 pm
This award winning documentary tells the story of the integrated Mississippi State basketball team at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement. Despite their success on the court, they could not compete in the NCAA National Championship because of the unwritten rule in Mississippi that integrated teams could not play all-white teams.

Queen of Swing
Saturday, Feb. 13 at 5:30 pm
Norma Miller was a Harlem-born actress, dancer, choreographer and stand-up comedian. Her biography examines Miller’s influence in the globalization of America’s jazz culture and her role in breaking down racial barriers across the United States and around the world.

Nickles from Heaven
Sunday, Feb. 14, 5:00 pm
The 17 members of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, known as the “Triple Nickles,” were among America’s least recognized military pioneers during World War II. This Emmy award winning documentary recounts the experiences of the first African-American soldiers to be designated as U.S. paratroopers and celebrates their long-overlooked contributions to the war effort.

Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings The Band
Saturday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 pm
Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), an innovative and prolific jazz pianist, composer and arranger, created some of the most sophisticated big-band hits of the 1930s. She defied expectations as a woman in a “man’s world,” as a black person in a whites-only society, and as a non-conforming creative genius in an image-driven industry.

Marines of Montford Point
Sunday, Feb. 21, 5:02 pm
Hosted and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett, Jr., this film, profiles the first African Americans recruits in the United States Marine Corps, beginning with their experiences at Montford Point Base, a segregated boot camp in the heart of the Jim Crow South.

Jimi Hendrix: American Masters
Sunday, Feb. 21, 9:30 pm
Directed by two-time Grammy-winner Bob Seaton, this documentary follows the life of Jimmy Hendrix and his artistry. Includes commentary from Paul McCartney, Noel Redding,Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, and Steve Winwood.

Caged Bird; The: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price
Saturday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 pm|
In 1933 Florence B Price made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony premiered her Symphony in E minor at the 1933 World’s Fair. This is the inspiring story of a gifted woman’s triumph over prejudice and preconceptions.

Glory
Saturday, Feb. 27, 8:00 pm
Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) trains and leads an all-black regiment of the U.S. Civil War.

Looking Over Jordan: African Americans and the War
Saturday, Feb. 27, 10:05 pm
The Civil War began as a means of preserving the Union. However, to nearly four million African Americans, it held a much more personal promise. This informative documentary chronicles the black experience in the South before, during and after the war.

Soulful Symphony with Darin Atwater: Song in a Strange Land
Saturday, Feb. 27, 11:02 pm
An 85-member African-American Soulful Symphony ensemble performs “Song in a Strange Land,” an anthem that pays tribute to the African-American spirit. The program is led by Darin Atwater, whose work aims to reach a broader audience.

Colored Frames
Sunday, Feb. 28, 5:00 pm
Starting at the height of the Civil Rights Movement up to present day, this program highlights the voices of black artists often overlooked by the mainstream. In these artists’ struggle for visibility, they also face the challenge of defining “blackness” within their own community.

Hines Farm Blues Club
Sunday, Feb. 28, 6:00 pm
In a rural community outside of Toledo, Ohio, Hines Farm held the one of the most premier blues clubs in the country in the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s. This documentary tells the story of the relationship between Hines Farm and Toledo, and how they developed into a hub for blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues.

Indie Lens Pop-Up The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution 2/2

Join KLRU and the Austin Public Library for the Indie Lens Pop-Up screening of the documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. This free event takes place Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, at 7 p.m. at the Austin Public Library Windsor Park Branch 5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723.

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A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement that feels timely all over again.

Formerly known as Community Cinema, the long-running screening series has been renamed Indie Lens Pop-Up to strengthen the bond between the Independent Lens television series and local communities, and bring new energy and new audiences to the in-person events as well as online OVEE events and the broadcasts on KLRU. Over the past decade, screenings of Independent Lens films have brought more than 331,000 participants together at over 5,700 events to discuss issues that impact local communities.

A British Experience in Austin 02/18

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Attend the British Regiments – United States Tour 2016 featuring the Band of the Royal Marines!

Experience a grand display of pageantry filled with music, precision military marches, haunting bagpipes and Celtic dancing! With a $120 donation, you’ll receive a pair of tickets to the British Regiments featuring the Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards on February 18th at the Frank Erwin Center.

Tickets to this captivating performance filled with music and dance from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are limited to 5 donors, so make your donation below right now!

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Highlights January 17 to January 23

KLRU Highlights

Wedding plans hit a snag on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 2, Sunday at 7 p.m. Pigs lead to trouble for Edith and Marigold. Thomas gets a hint. Anna has a secret appointment. Violet and Isobel lock horns over health care.

Then on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 3, Sunday at 8 p.m., a wedding dress drama takes a disastrous turn. The breakfast battle is settled. A handsome volunteer helps Edith meet a deadline. The hospital debate gets nasty.

On the first episode of PBS’ first scripted drama in a decade, Mercy Street The New Nurse, New England nurse Mary Phinney begins her duties in Mansion House. Sunday at 9 p.m.,  Mansion House owner James Sr. struggles to preserve the family fortune as daughter Emma secretly searches for her beau.

Many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice on Doctor Blake Mysteries The Heart Of The Matter, Sunday at 10 p.m. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be.

Journey to Antiques Roadshow Spokane, Hour Three, Monday at 7 p.m., to learn about treasures like a 1938 Snow White banner, a Chinese huanghuali cosmetic case and an 1860 John J. Audubon chromolithograph.

In Antiques Roadshow El Paso, Tx – Hour One, Monday at 8 p.m., host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser John Buxton head to the Centennial Museum to check out beautiful pre-Columbian pottery from the Casas Grandes culture.

Monday at 9 p.m., March examines the 1963 March on Washington, its history and how it nearly did not take place.

Filmmaker Lacey Schwartz grew up with two loving Jewish parents. When she discovers that the man she’s always assumed was her father is not her biological parent, she unlocks a powerful family secret about her real father’s identity. Independent Lens Little White Lie is Monday at 10 p.m.

Learn how the ancestors of Maya Rudolph, Shonda Rhimes and Keenen Ivory Wayans struggled for freedom, and how each of these cultural trailblazers gains a new understanding of how they fit into this proud trajectory on Finding Your Roots In Search Of Freedom, Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Discover the true story of the most famous outlaw couple in US history on Bonnie & Clyde: American Experience, Tuesday at 8 p.m. Though their exploits were romanticized, the Barrow gang was believed responsible for at least 13 murders, including two policemen, as well as robberies and kidnappings.

Tuesday at 9 p.m., follow an investigation of the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with only limited FDA oversight, on Frontine Supplements and Safety. Explore the risks of taking mega-doses of vitamins and examine how they are marketed and regulated.

DeBakey, Tuesday at 10 p.m., is an inspiring documentary about the life of famed heart surgeon Michael E. DeBakey, produced by Dr. Tony Herring, a student of DeBakey’s in the 1960’s. Through his rare interviews with Dr. DeBakey, he takes viewers on a journey to learn about the incredible life and career of his mentor and teacher.

Animals the world over have adapted their bodies or behavior in extreme ways to create a tantalizing trap, as shown on Nature Natural Born Hustlers: The Hunger Hustle, Wednesday at 7 p.m. It’s all the result of millions of years of artful adaptation – all in the name of luring in the next meal.

Dive under the ice to explore Antarctica’s under-ice landscape with a team of scientists as they search for the mystery killer that’s decimating the population of delicate shrimp-like creatures at the foundation of the Antarctic food chain on NOVA Mystery Beneath The Ice, Wednesday at 8 p.m.

On Earth’s Natural Wonders Wonders Of Water, Wednesday at 9 p.m., see wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools; the Camargue, where man vs. bull; and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species.

Enjoy intimate performances on Austin City Limits Ryan Adams/Shakey Graves, Saturday at 10 p.m. Adams performs a special acoustic set of hits and deep cuts. Graves showcases his latest effort, And the War Came.

Overheard with Evan Smith Ambassador Ron Kirk, Former U.S. Trade Representative, airs Thursday at 7 p.m. Kirk served as the 16th U.S. Trade Representative and served in President Obama’s Cabinet. He negotiated trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, and Russia’s entry into the World Trade Organization.

Cactus Jack: Lone Star on Capitol Hill reveals the rollicking saga of one of the most powerful but often forgotten figures in U.S. history-John Nance “Cactus Jack” Garner (1868-1967). The program charts Garner’s extraordinary life, from his humble roots in Blossom Prairie, Texas, to his 38-year tenure on Capitol Hill where he wielded power as Speaker of the House during the darkest days of the Great Depression. Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet heads to the “Lavender Capital,” harvesting it from the field and drinking it in lemonade on The Daytripper Blanco, Tx. He explores the historic courthouse used in the movie “True Grit” and a buggy museum that’s supplied Hollywood with all its western needs for years.

Mercy Street The New Nurse airs again Thursday at 9 p.m.

Examine Austin’s first year of geographic representation in this townhall conversation on Civic Summit 10-1 Revisited: A Year of Austin’s New Government Friday at 8 p.m.

Austin City Limits Ryan Adams/Shakey Graves airs again Friday at 10 p.m.

Get tips for gardeners on the move and easy water-saving tricks for organic vegetables on Central Texas Gardener at noon Sunday.

Revel in the high-energy performance of the African singer/songwriter on Austin City Limits Angelique Kidjo, Saturday at 7 p.m. The Grammy-winning Benin native and her four-piece band raise the roof with songs from her recent LP, Eve.

Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 3 airs again Saturday at 8 p.m.

When a body is discovered in a vineyard on Father Brown The Truth In The Wine, Saturday at 9 p.m., Father Brown must search for the murderer amongst a group of suspects all seeking to reinvent themselves.

Saturday at 10 p.m., Martin has decided he will be the one to move out of the Surgery to allow Louisa the space she needs, which Louisa does really appreciate. Louisa is intrigued to meet Martin’s therapist, Dr. Rachel Timoney, but is not quite so happy when Rachel suggests that they should have therapy as a couple on Doc Martin It’s Good To Talk.

Science Night 1/20

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This week, an exciting Science Night starts with part two of Nature’s three-part series, Natural Born Hustlers. This episode explores how animals adapt themselves to trap their next meal. Then, NOVA heads to Antarctica to search for a killer under the ice. Wrap up the night with an episode of Earth’s Natural Wonders about the wonder of water.

Nature Natural Born Hustlers: The Hunger Hustle at 7 p.m.

Animals the world over have adapted their bodies or behavior in extreme ways to create a tantalizing trap. It’s all the result of millions of years of artful adaptation — all in the name of luring in the next meal.

NOVA Mystery Beneath The Ice at 8 p.m.

Dive under the ice to explore Antarctica’s under-ice landscape with a team of scientists as they search for the mystery killer that’s decimating the population of delicate shrimp-like creatures at the foundation of the Antarctic food chain.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Wonders Of Water at 9 p.m.

See wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools; the Camargue, where man vs. bull; and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species.

Highlights January 10 to January 16

KLRU Highlights

Sunday at 6 p.m., extortion and downsizing threaten the cast on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 1. Change is afoot at the hospital. Mrs. Hughes poses a delicate question. Daisy speaks her mind, and Anna and Bates wait for the word.

Wedding plans hit a snag on Downton Abbey Season 6 on Masterpiece Episode 2, Sunday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. Pigs lead to trouble for Edith and Marigold. Thomas gets a hint. Anna has a secret appointment. Violet and Isobel lock horns over health care.

Watch Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson – in 1890s London on Masterpiece Theatre The Abominable Bride Sunday at 9 p.m., Thursday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 9 p.m.

Discover fantastic finds on Antiques Roadshow Spokane, Hour Two, including a 1961-1963 JFK archive, a grotesque face jug and Gone with the Wind sketches. Can you guess which is valued at $60,000-$80,000? Monday at 7 p.m.

On Antiques Roadshow Pittsburgh, Pa – Hour Three host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Arlie Sulka at the Carnegie Museum of Art to explore the striking, vibrantly colored vases, bottles and jars made by glass master Maurice Marinot. Monday at 8 p.m.

Monday at 9 p.m., follow four adults on the autism spectrum as they open up their personal lives and navigate dating and romantic relationships. Independent Lens Autism In Love shows that despite many challenges faced by those with autism, love can find a way.

Then, Monday at 10:30 p.m., preview upcoming independent documentary films airing on PBS in 2016 on PBS Previews: The Best Of PBS Indies.

Tuesday at 7 p.m., explore the shared Irish ancestry of Soledad O’Brien, Bill O’Reilly and Bill Maher and how they have been deeply influenced by their Irish roots on Finding Your Roots The Irish Factor.

When it comes to the most important goals in the animal kingdom, learning how to survive and raising the next generation are right at the top of the list. Nature Natural Born Hustlers: Staying Alive, the first of this three-part series, offers stories about unusual survival techniques. Wednesday at 7 p.m.

From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. NOVA Life’s Rocky Start, Wednesday at 8 p.m., goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.

On Earth’s Natural Wonders Extreme Wonders, Wednesday at 9 p.m., visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.

Overheard with Evan Smith Wendell Pierce, Actor And Author is Thursday at 7 p.m. Wendell Pierce is an actor, producer, and author, best known for playing Detective Bunk Moreland on HBO’s “The Wire.” A New Orleans native, he starred as Antoine Batiste in Treme, the HBO series about the city after Hurricane Katrina.

Civic Summit Stop The Drop: Engaging Students In Their Futures explores why some youth drop out of school. Texas boasts an 88% graduation rate, second only to Iowa. Those numbers are high, but why are some students still not graduating? Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Chet visits “The Big Bend” of Texas with stops to learn its history and climb to a mountaintop classroom on The Daytripper Alpine, Tx.

Willie Nelson: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Friday at 8 p.m features performances by Nelson, as well as Edie Brickell, Leon Bridges, Rosanne Cash, Ana Gabriel, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Raul Malo of The Mavericks, Neil Young, Promise of the Real, Buckwheat Zydeco and past Gershwin Prize honoree Paul Simon — with Don Was as music director (program subject to change).

Road to Austin, Friday at 9:30 p.m., is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton. The concert features Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel performing “Layla;” Bob Schneider singing “Flowerparts;” Carolyn Wonderland and Bonnie Raitt performing “Ain’t Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”

Experience an hour of contemporary hip-hop from the Grammy-nominated superstar on Austin City Limits Kendrick Lamar, Friday at 10:30 p.m. The Compton rapper plays songs from his acclaimed LP, To Pimp a Butterfly, alongside his hits.

See how to feed your family even in small gardens and visit a young family’s backyard vineyard on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy intimate performances on Austin City Limits Ryan Adams/Shakey Graves, Saturday at 7 p.m. Adams performs a special acoustic set of hits and deep cuts. Graves showcases his latest effort, And the War Came.

After Martin’s first session with Dr. Rachel Timoney on Doc Martin The Shock Of The New, we see he may have met his match: if anyone is going to be able to help Martin change, then Dr. Timoney seems well-qualified. Saturday at 10:35 p.m.

Science Night 1/13

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Science Night explores the inner workings of life this Wednesday. First, the first of a three-part Nature series highlights some animals’ devious survival methods. Then, NOVA goes back in time to explore how minerals helped spark life. The night ends with another showing of Extreme Wonders.

Nature Natural Born Hustlers: Staying Alive at 7 p.m.

When it comes to the most important goals in the animal kingdom, learning how to survive and raising the next generation are right at the top of the list. This may seem clear cut, but the lengths to which some animals go to achieve these objectives can often be downright devious. The first of this three-part series offers stories about unusual survival techniques. Cuttlefish, for example, elude their many predators with a kind of invisibility cloak. Other ruses revealed include:  why burrowing owls, who live underground, mimic the sounds of rattlesnakes; how imitation may not just be the sincerest form of flattery, it can also save your life; and what deception the regal horned lizard employs as a last resort to keep a menacing coachwhip snake at bay. (via Thirteen)

NOVA Life’s Rocky Start at 8 p.m.

From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. NOVA goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Extreme Wonders at 9 p.m.

Visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.

American Graduate Champion: Julie McCann

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LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Julie McCann! Julie McCann is a special education teacher in Buda, Texas. She is passionate about her work and devoted to her students. “Her dedication towards providing an education to students whom may require extra attention and care not only demonstrates the kindness of her heart, but also portrays the champion within her,” her nomination form said. “It is truly inspiring being able to witness the work Mrs. McCann does with the special education department. Her personal connection with each student is undeniable.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

Stop the Drop Taping Convenes Students and Educators to Discuss the Dropout Crisis

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Texas has ranked high in recent years for its low dropout rate, but there are still some students who don’t make it to the graduation ceremony.  The Texas Education Authority reports that roughly six students out of a hundred don’t graduate.  But what causes a student to drop out?  In early December, students, educators, and community members joined together in Studio 6A to discuss that for a special Civic Summit taping titled Stop the Drop: Engaging Students in Their Futures.

The hour-long special delved into different aspects of the dropout crisis, including what makes students lose interest in school, what barriers prevent students from re-enrolling, and what adults can do to help motivate students to stay in school.  Host Judy Maggio discussed solutions with experts and educators in the studio, and student host Ronald Elliot talked with student audience members about difficulties that kept them from engaging in school, and what adults did that either dissuaded or motivated them to pursue an education.

This Civic Summit was part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative. As an American Graduate station, KLRU is seeking a clearer understanding of the nature and impact of the dropout problem in our region, and is partnering with organizations working to increase graduation rates. You can find more information about the initiative by visiting: klru.org/americangraduate.

American Graduate Champion: Adrian Plaster

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LRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

Today’s Champion is Adrian Plaster! Adrian Plaster is a teacher at Jack C. Hays High School in Buda, Texas. She teaches French and sponsors the school French club. She looks out for her students and gives them moral support. She encourages her students to try their best. “She has always been there for me and has given me advice when I most needed it. Even when I struggled in her class and it took me long hours to understand, she stood by my side and didn’t give up on me,” her nomination form said. “Learning is never easy, especially when it’s something new. Though be it as it may, there are those who still support you and don’t leave you side.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.